BLOOMINGTON, Indiana (Ticker) -- It was a less than impressive homecoming for Sean May. Thankfully, his fellow junior stars picked him up.
Rashad McCants scored 19 points and Raymond Felton added a season-high 18 as No. 11 North Carolina survived a sloppy performance in a 70-63 victory against a gritty Indiana club.
The teams combined to shoot 37 percent and commit 44 turnovers.
May, the son of 1976 National Player of the Year Scott May and a former Mr. Indiana Basketball from Bloomington who spurned Indiana for North Carolina, missed all four of his shots in the first half and did not play much due to three fouls. May was taunted all night long by Indiana fans who have not forgiven him for leaving town.
Adding more pressure, the 6-9 center was playing in front of his father, who was in town with other members of the undefeated 1976 club that won the national championship.
May finished with eight points on 2-of-7 from the floor but his three-point play with 4:29 left gave North Carolina a 53-46 lead.
"The crowd wasn't going to be nice to Sean," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. "But, I know that he still loves the state of Indiana and Indiana University. I don't think he played tight because of the crowd. He had some bad things happen to him early in the game. But, in the second half I was really happy with the way that we played."
The high-scoring Tar Heels (5-1), who had scored over 90 points in each of their last three games, were prevented from running in the first half but still held a 32-26 advantage at the half behind nine points from Felton and McCants.
Indiana (2-1) climbed to within 34-33 early in the second half on a dunk by Bracey Wright, a jumper by D.J. White and a 3-pointer from Marshall Strickland. But the Tar Heels went on a 12-2 run behind seven points by McCants to take a 46-35 lead with 12:04 left.
The Hoosiers battled back behind a pair of 3-pointers by Wright and drew to within 50-46 before May converted the three-point play.
After neither team could score over the next two minutes, McCants knocked down another 3-pointer to give Carolina a 56-46 cushion with just over two minutes to play. The junior guard buried 5-of-8 from the arc and is 19-of-36 from 3-point range this season.
"We are extremely happy to win this game it was our first true road game," Williams said." We had to withstand some of Indiana's runs I think they got it pretty close a couple of times.
"In the second half our emphasis was on getting better shots. Offensively, I think the thing that bothers me the most is the turnovers. I give credit to Indiana's defense. Going on the road and getting a win in college basketball is a difficult thing to do. I like the way we handled ourselves in this adverse situation. Felton shot 5-of-9 from the floor, grabbed six rebounds but turned the ball over seven times playing with a strained left wrist that will need to be heavily wrapped for about six weeks.
Wright scored 18 points for Indiana, which shot just under 34 percent (22-of-65) from the field after converting just under 40 percent in its first two games. Freshman Robert Vaden scored 16 and knocked down four 3-pointers.
"Well, we played with a good amount of intensity tonight," Indiana coach Mike Davis said. "But, we have a young basketball team. The one thing that hurt us tonight, more than anything else, was our lack of execution. "I thought our guys played hard tonight. I thought we did a great job defensively. We played a great team tonight. I thought [Rashad] McCants made two big shots for them. Our team deserves a lot of credit because we came out and played hard."